John & Anne Wiley

2012/02/17

Rock Concert

It’s partly about shapes, my fascination with rocks. In childhood I remember days lying on my back seeing shapes in clouds, and nights seeing shapes in the textured plaster ceiling. Now I seem to see shapes in rocks, like the “gorilla” in this one.

0202 Gorilla Rock

0202 Gorilla Rock

Tho obvious to me I doubt if you see it, because Anne doesn’t. If you’d like to, try checking the version on my Photo Page (link in right column here). Anyway, this whole area where Hwy. 166 bends East into the Cuyama Valley is a concert for rock lovers.

0216 Cuyama Bend

0216 Cuyama Bend

If you click to see the largest version here, you can almost make out “Gorilla Rock” aka Twin Rocks in the middle slightly less than 1/3 down from the top. If you drive the highway, it might be possible to get a glimpse of the formation from the road where you might notice that it’s actually four or five rock columns as you can see in this pic.

0198 Twins?!

0198 Twins?!

I don’t know how the name Twin Rocks was chosen, but maybe from the highway it looks like two columns? You may also notice several other interesting formations in this area, though this one doesn’t really show up in the “Cuyama Bend” wide shot above.

0206 More Rocks

0206 More Rocks

So why are rocks so fascinating for me? Maybe it’s the brain’s pattern recognition engine running wild. Perhaps some inner sculptor enjoying interpreting impressionist shapes in the dimensionality and texture of rocks. Or is it just another manifestation of the pure joy I find in flying, with the 3D touring of rocky outcrops enhancing our intimate dance with terrain?

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